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132 STH 35/64

National or State Register of Historic Places
132 STH 35/64 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Kriesel, Louis C. and Augusta, Farmstead
Reference Number:09000021
Location (Address):132 STH 35/64
County:St. Croix
Louis C. and Augusta Kriesel Farmstead
132 STH 35/64, Town of St. Joseph, St. Croix County
Dates of construction: 1900-1910

Following the purchase of 80 acres of St. Croix County farmland in 1900, Louis C. and Augusta Kriesel embarked on an intense period of construction that lasted until at least 1910. Within those years, the farmstead grew to include a house, a barn and silo, a machine shed, a granary, a combination chicken house/ hog house/ slaughterhouse, a corn crib, a smokehouse, and a creamery, all arranged around a central farmyard. The collection of agricultural buildings was typical for a diversified farm and allowed the family to maintain animals, to store feed crops, and to produce dairy products for consumption and sale. During the early 20th century, the Kriesels operated a dairy farm, which coincided with the emergence of dairy farming in St. Croix County.

The farmhouse is virtually unaltered, retaining its original materials, floor plan, and exterior and interior features. In addition to the house, the agricultural buildings remain. The presence and arrangement of these buildings demonstrate how the Kriesel family was able to produce, store, and process a wide array of agricultural products, including feed grain for animals, meat, wool, milk, butter, vegetables, and fruit. The farmstead is a representative of agricultural development during this period in St. Croix County.

This property is privately owned. Please respect the rights sand privacy of the owner.

Period of Significance:1900-1910
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Storage
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Animal Facility
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Processing
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Late Victorian
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:02/12/2009
State Register Listing Date:07/18/2008
Number of Contributing Buildings:8
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:1
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:1
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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